Speed run of Contra done on February 18 2006. Available in four versions: low quality, normal quality, and 60fps high/insane quality.
I started this back in October of 2005, but left it unfinished as repeatedly playing this game got boring very quickly. At the end of January, there was a sudden onslaught of people claiming they had completed the run in approximately 12 minutes, but no runs ever surfaced, to my everlasting disappointment. I got tired of all these seemingly spurious claims, so I decided to finish what I had started three months earlier. This took about two weeks of practice and three days of recording, which made it a thankfully quick project. I really didn't have any idea of what time to expect, but after the first couple failed attempts at recording, I claimed that somewhere around 11:45 was a pretty fair estimate for the perfect time. Well, that estimate was quite a bit off, as this run proves.
The only thing needing explaining might be my choice of using laser instead of spread in Base2. I did a couple timings, and found that Base2 goes about 5-10 seconds quicker using laser, depending on how the boss battle goes. I've done it quicker than what I submitted, but only one time out of about 100. I'm pretty satisified with this run, although looking back, my strategy in Hangar is a bit conservative, and could probably be improved by about 5 seconds with a bit of luck. I estimate I made around 15 seconds of mistakes. Hopefully this will quiet down everyone who was clamoring for an original Contra run.
May 24, 2006 Subject:
Tommy, I hope you're still around to read this, because I'm going to show you how to beat this game even faster.
I'm not going to reveal too much, as I would like to receive credit for my run before I tell everyone some tricks. Suffice it to say, Base 2 can go faster with the shotgun. It's just a matter of using it correctly. Using the laser costs you a lot of time on other areas i.e. Waterfall boss/ Base 2 boss.
I want to thank you for showing me some other things, though, such as the shortcut with invincibility on the Energy Zone. Great work, my run probably wouldn't have been possible without watching yours.
p.s. I can beat the game in around 11:12 right now. I have the weird advantage of not getting tired of the game, week after week.